Lack of contracts fails to halt increase in law students

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  • Why on earth are students taking law courses when there are no positions in the legal field? It really is a farce and a con!

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  • Unfortunately some people have to learn the hard way

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  • Fortunately some people study law as an interesting academic discipline in itself, so it isn't a massive problem.

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  • It must be remembered that many undergraduate Law Students do not actually desire a career practicing Law, or even pursuing a career within the legal spheres. In many respects, I think that the increase is a good thing. Although competition may be more intense than ever, it does mean that students have to work harder and be show greater dedication. Ultimately, it can only benefit the general public as the quality of Lawyers produced can only increase.

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  • It is worrying that so many people are still incurring the expense of the LPC without either obtaining paralegal work or alternative experience to get their foot in the door of the legal world.

    To say that 7,000 people have completed the LPC with only 6,000 places, does not take into account the additional scores of people working in law firms who finished the LPC in the years preceedings and are still waiting to land a training contract.

    As a 2010 qualifyer (and seeing the market decline at a rapid rate), if I were to do my time again in the current climate, I would do my law degree and take the ILEX route - you learn on the job and you can earn money whilst you progress in your chose field.

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  • If you are bright enough to qualify as a solicitor, it is the best way. Going the ILEX route means that your career prospects will be extremely limited and can never become a partner (unless you qualify later). Maybe you will gain in the short term, but, long-term, you will always regret it. Watching all your mates move on and up, knowing where you could have got to will be a perennial sore.

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  • I suppose one has to look at the positives.
    Oversupply is beneficial to law firms as it deflates wages and provides ample choice. Also paralegals will work hard on the promise of a training contract (not likely to materialise though) As soon as the paralegal works it out and leaves there will always be a large pool of younger paralegals to draw upon.
    Most firms achieve good profits, primarily because they use teams of cheap paralegals. Without the oversupply that would not be possible.

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  • I thought Legal Executives could become partners since the Legal Services Act 2007 came into force in March 2009. I'm a solicitor but, like anonymous at 4:43, I consider the ILEX route to be a sensible alternative if you want to be a lawyer but don't have a TC lined up before taking the LPC.

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  • Is the problem the fact that more people are studying law or that the obligatory training contract simply acts as a barrier to well qualified and intelligent people from entering the legal profession?

    In other industries would a similar arrangement be considered to be a practice which reduces competition?

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  • I qualified as a solicitor via the ILEX route (CPE, ILEX and then LPC) and was therefore exempt from undertaking a training contract. The only disadvanatage of this route is that a lot of city firms will not take you on because you haven't done a TC and thus you will experience some discrimination.

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